Mildrexler v. Ayers et al
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER denying 11 Motion to Appoint Counsel. On or before February 18, 2013, Defendant Ayers shall either: (a) obtain the services of counsel and have that attorney file an appearance in this case; or (b) file a statement noti fying the court of her intent to litigate this case without the assistance of counsel. The failure to do so may result in an entry of default and/or default judgment against Defendant Ayers. Ordered by Magistrate Judge Cheryl R. Zwart. (Copy mailed to pro se party)(JAB)
IN THE UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF NEBRASKA
MAUREEN MCGINLEY, Grandmother;
MARTIN MILDREXLER, Natural Parent; and
MARTIN MILDREXLER, Natural Parent and
Next of Friend Layla Halverson;
MEMORANDUM AND ORDER
ALYSON GOEDKEN, Nebraska Department
of Health and Human Services; and JILL
AYERS, Family Support Worker, Visitation
Facilitator, Foster Mother, Nebraska
Department of Health and Human Services;
Defendant Jill Ayers has filed a motion for court-appointed counsel. (Filing No. 11). A
civil litigant has no constitutional or statutory right to a court-appointed attorney. The court
may, however, make such an appointment at its discretion. Davis v. Scott, 94 F.3d 444, 447 (8th
Cir. 1996). A trial court has broad discretion to decide whether both a pro se party and the court
will benefit from the appointment of counsel, taking into account the factual and legal
complexity of the case, the presence or absence of conflicting testimony, and the pro se party’s
ability to investigate the facts and present or defend the claims. Id.
Considering the pleadings, evidence, and arguments of record, the court finds
appointment of counsel is not warranted in this case. The defendant has failed to show she has
made any attempt to secure representation, or that she is unable to adequately litigate her claims
and defenses. Id. See also, 28 U.S.C § 1915(a).
IT IS ORDERED:
Defendant Ayers’ motion for appointed counsel, (filing no. 11), is denied.
On or before February 18, 2013, Defendant Ayers shall either: (a) obtain the
services of counsel and have that attorney file an appearance in this case; or (b)
file a statement notifying the court of her intent to litigate this case without the
assistance of counsel. The failure to do so may result in an entry of default and/or
default judgment against Defendant Ayers.
January 28, 2013.
BY THE COURT:
s/ Cheryl R. Zwart
United States Magistrate Judge
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